The Eucalyptus Plant Used For
The Eucalyptus plant is well regarded as a traditional
Aboriginal herbal remedy that is used to treat fevers and
various other ailments.
In the 19th century, the director of the Melbourne Botanical
Gardens first introduced the Eucalyptus plant in the West. The
cultivation of the tree began to spread throughout North
America and Southern Europe shortly after. The plant has
several properties derived from its oils, and different species
of the plant are known to vary slightly.
However, all species of Eucalyptus plants
are known for its antiseptic properties. Recent Russian
research suggests that some species of the Eucalyptus plant can
counteract several kinds of influenza viruses.
There are many kinds of Eucalyptus varieties that are also
known to have antimalarial properties and that are known to be
highly active against bacteria. The taste of the Eucalyptus
plant is known to be cool, slightly bitter, pungent, and
The constituents of the Eucalyptus plant include
volatile oils, tannins, aldehydes, and bitter resins. The
actions of Eucalyptus have been described as antiseptic,
antispasmodic, and stimulating. It is also well known as a
febrifuge, expectorant, and it is regarded for its ability to
expel worms and reduce blood sugar levels.
The leaves of the Eucalyptus plant are most commonly used to
make herbal remedies. In traditional Aboriginal medicine, the
leaves of the Eucalyptus plant were used to create poultices to
treat any type of inflammation or skin wounds. Decoctions made
from Eucalyptus leaves were also used.
These were usually taken internally to treat a variety of
ailments. These days, it is much more common to take Eucalyptus
in lozenges and capsules to treat chest and congestion
problems. Eucalyptus is often taken as an infusion as well.
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Another popular way to use Eucalyptus is through its essential
oils. These essential oils are created by steam distillation of
the plant's leaves.
The oil of the Eucalyptus plant is highly
regarded as one of the most potent antiseptic essences of all
known herbs. Eucalyptus essential oil is widely used to treat a
whole range of infections, including influenza, typhoid,
measles, scarlet fever and other serious infections.
Most Eucalyptus essential oil is now available
commercially, but many herbalists still prefer to make it at
home with fresh leaves.
The essential oil of Eucalyptus can be used in
many ways. It can be used effectively as a compress. Simply
soak a pad in two ml of Eucalyptus essential oil that is
diluted in a ½ cup of water, and then apply the mixture to
painful joints, burns, and inflammations.
The essential oil can be used in a gargle to
treat throat infections.
A tincture is an alcoholic extract of the
herb in question.
An infusion of herbs is made by placing 1 to
2 teaspoons of dried herb or 2 to 4 fresh herbs
in a carrier oil like sweet almond or water and
then strained after about 10 minutes.
The water does not have to be heated by the
Mint tea can be used to treat nausea,
indigestion, colic, flatulence, migraines, and
To make a Eucalyptus essential oil gargle,
dilute five drops of essential oil in a glass of water, mix
well, and gargle. To create a chest rub to treat the symptoms
of asthma, influenza and bronchitis, dilute 0.5-2 ml of oil in
25 ml of almond oil and rub into chest.
Eucalyptus oil also makes a powerful
inhalation herbal remedy. Simply add ten drops or so into a
bowl of hot water and inhale the steam to treat congestion or